May 4, 2017
They tend to start with how they feel – like the whole thing’s about them. That’s because, from their point of view, it is all about them. FBI Director James Comey is no exception; yesterday he shared his feelings about breaking investigation protocol and sending information about an ongoing FBI case to congress – a few days before the 2016 election. He knew the information would leak to the public and affect the election, but what else could he do? The choices were limited to talk or conceal. While talking felt kind of bad, concealing would have been a disaster.
He was not forthcoming about the nature of the potential disaster – you know, investigation protocol prevented that. He did confirm the reason he didn’t talk about the Trump campaign investigation that was going on at the same time was investigation protocol. When asked, he couldn’t share any new information about Russian involvement in our election because, obviously, investigation protocol. But, he believes Russia is still involved in our political system, yet, once again, could offer no supporting detail because he needs to observe investigation protocol.
So, the only things Comey shared with the Senate committee yesterday were his feelings. Anything else he may or may not know had to be withheld due to protocol. After all, James feels bad enough already.
Hence, the take away here is that if you’re a powerful guy in charge of a vast agency, you get to select which rules to follow or not follow. It’s okay, as long as you feel bad when you break the rules. It’s a tough cross to bear, a white man’s burden, so to speak.
After one-hundred-seventy-seven days of the Donald sharing his fragmented feelings with the world on twitter, the republic needs a break from these touchy-feely Republicans. We don’t need another guy explaining how painful privilege can be.
As a matter of fact, it would be best if Comey withheld his feelings until he’s given the opportunity to share them with his parole officer.
In Peace and Justice,